[ RadSafe ] Re: depleted uranium cherry & battle
Dlind49 at aol.com
Dlind49 at aol.com
Thu Mar 30 17:31:57 CST 2006
In a message dated 3/30/06 2:28:58 PM Central Standard Time,
stanford at stanforddosimetry.com writes:
I just found out that the Army JAG has formally established that the Army,
in accordance with Geneva Conventions and historic precedence, is not
responsible for battlefield cleanup in foreign lands.
U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 mandates thorough environmental remediation with
the maximium permissible dose rates specified in U.S. Army Technical Bulletin
TB 9-1300-278 but DOD/DA/ NATO folks simply refuse to do so. Army regulation
700-48 also mandates medical care as do numerous orders. JAG does not have
authority to suspend compliance with Army Regulations. As to Colonel Bob Cherry
he was never involved and although by direct assignment as the Army's radiation
safety officer he was responsible for ensuring medical care was provided to
all casualties and environmental remediation was completed he did not ensure
these mandatory required actions were completed.
Obviously, despite numerous requests the RADSAF network participants simply
refuse to endorse that already mandatory medical care for all DU casualties and
already mandatory environmental remediation.
I also find it very interrsting that none of persons who are now nay sayers
were ever involved in actual DU incident clean up, providing medical care, or
the DU project when did I/ we the field research. Bob Cherry and friends are
still complying with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos memorandum issued by
LTC Ziehmn, USMC, directing all DOD officials, officers, NCO's, enlisted, and
civilians to ensure uranium munitions use while avoiding all liability for
known adverse health and environmental effects.
Depleted Uranium Situation Requires Action
By President Bush and Prime Minister Blair
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
January 6, 2006
While U.S. and British military personnel continue using illegal uranium
munitions- America's and England's own "dirty bombs" U.S. Army, U.S. Department
of Energy, and U.S. Department of Defense officials continue to deny that
there are any adverse health and environmental effects as a consequence of the
manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions to avoid liability for
the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic material - depleted
uranium. They arrogantly refuse to comply with their own regulations, orders, and
directives that require United States Department of Defense officials to
provide prompt and effective medical care "all" exposed individuals [Medical
Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical
Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters,
U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004), and section 2-5 of AR 70-48]. They
also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by Army
Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted
Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army,
Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278:
"Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation
Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium"
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996).
Specifically section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated
September 16, 2002 requires that:
(1) "Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all
RCE" (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented
as soon as possible."
(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through
burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment" and
(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed,
packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin
9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48" (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).
The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive
components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and releases of
industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in
unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed as required
by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should include releases of all
radioactive materials resulting from military operations. The extent of adverse health
and environmental effects of uranium weapons
contamination is not limited to combat zones but includes facilities and
sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques; Puerto
Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Therefore medical care must be provided by the
United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals affected by the
manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough
environmental remediation also must be completed without further delay. I am amazed that
fourteen years after was asked to clean up the initial DU mess from Gulf War 1
and over ten years since I finished the depleted uranium project that United
States Department of Defense officials and others still attempt to justify
uranium munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements. I am dismayed that
Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials and representatives
continue personal attacks aimed to silence or discredit those of us who are
demanding that medical care be provided to all DU casualties and that
environmental remediation is completed in compliance with U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.
But beyond the ignored mandatory actions the willful dispersal of tons of solid
radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions is
illegal (http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf) and just
does not even pass the common sense test and according to the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, DHS, is a dirty bomb. DHS issued "dirty bomb" response
, on January 3, 2006 for incidents within the United States but ignore DOD
use of uranium weapons and existing DOD regulations. These guidelines
specifically state that: "Characteristics of RDD and IND Incidents: A radiological
incident is defined as an event or series of events, deliberate or accidental,
leading to the release, or potential release, into the environment of radioactive
material in sufficient quantity to warrant consideration of protective
actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an act of terror that produces a radiological
incident." Thus the use of uranium munitions is "an act or terror" as defined by
DHS. Finally continued compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos
Memorandum that was issued to ensure continued use of uranium munitions can not be
In conclusion: the President of the United States- George W. Bush and
The Prime Minister of Great Britain-Tony Blair must acknowledge and accept
responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium munitions- their own
"dirty bombs"- resulting in adverse health and environmental effects.
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair also should order:
1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,
3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance
with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,
4. and stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium
References- these references are copies the actual regulations and orders and
other pertinent official documents:
and from past use of Agent Orange.
US Vietnam vets meet children said to have been disabled by Agent Orange
HUU NGHI VILLAGE, Vietnam, March 29, 2006 (AFP) - A generation after the
Vietnam War, a US military veteran whose team once sprayed Agent Orange on
country came face to face Wednesday with disabled children whose suffering is
blamed on the defoliant.
Ralph Steele, who as a helicopter door-gunner took part in a mission
spraying the herbicide, shared a laugh with Pham Van Duc, 12, who is
disabled and one of 120 children at a rehabilitation centre.
"One of my missions was spraying Agent Orange," Steele said during a group
visit to the Vietnam Friendship Village, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of
Hanoi. "Since that day I've been asking for forgiveness."
Steele now works with children in his Santa Fe, New Mexico clinic and is an
ordained Buddhist monk.
"The key at this place is joy," he said, after lifting a laughing Duc onto
his shoulders. "You look at these kids for two seconds and, boom, they
I see a lot going on in this place."
Steele, 55, was in Hanoi for a meeting on the health effects of dioxin, the
lethal chemical in Agent Orange, which he said turned south Vietnam's
into "places were you could land a plane."
Dioxin has been linked to diseases and birth defects including the physical
and mental disabilities suffered by many children at the centre, which
and educates them and teaches skills such as embroidery.
"I can tell you that every kid in this room has dioxin in his body," said
Suel Jones, a Vietnam War-era Marine who now coordinates foreign funding for
Tests would cost 1,500 dollars per child, money the village needs for its
rehabilitation work, he said. "Why spend that money to find out something we
already know when we could use it for medical treatment and education?"
Copyright Political Gateway 2006©
Copyright AFP or Agence France-Presse
In summary-after miltary career that spans almost 40 years I learned that DOD
will trash our own nation and foreign lands then simply refuse to clean up
the environmental disaster while refusing to provide mandatory medical care to
our own troops, coalition troops, so called enemy troops, and all civilians.
That is absolutely wrong.
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